Caxton (I. Stanford Jolley) has broken out of prison and Marshal Eddie Dean has been sent to bring him in.
Caxton is known by the polka dot band on his hat and Eddie has Soapy (Roscoe Ates) wear one like it.
December 30, 2012
Singing Western Ain't That Bad
Producer Jerry Thomas took over from the old guard at PRC and with the backing of Pathe Industries produced Eddie Dean & Lash LaRue westerns for a couple of years and he brought improved quality to all of them and when that company morphed into Eagle-Lion Pictures in 1948 he also produced four Red Ryder Westerns with Jim Bannon in Cinecolor through 1949. His touch makes the difference here.
Eddie Dean has a bland personna as a singing marshall, but he gets the job done.
Roscoe Ates was his sidekick in the Eddie Dean series and he had had a long career in films and later television as a light, stuttering comedian and he's better than you might think.
In this film, for buffs, it's a character actors feast. Doug Fowley, I. Stan Jolley, Lee Roberts, and many many more make this a better picture than it really is.(Pros at work!)
The songs and the music are well recorded, but not
necessarily part of the story. Eddie Dean could sing for sure.
I have seen this in A DVD-HD version and it's a much improved picture from this, but for MPEG-4 the picture quality isn't too bad. The sound is superior and the theme music is pretty good too.
It's your typical Saturday matinee western. If you're a buff you probably know it well, if not give it a look-see. There's a lot worse out there.